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Coconut Hideaway: Beachfront Bliss! Caribbean Style, Old-Florida Seaside Charm

Placida, FL, USA
  • House1500 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

Charming Old Florida Beachfront Home on Little Gasparilla's Private Beach

Leave your car and your cares at the marina because Little Gasparilla is accessible only by water taxi! That means our beaches are uncrowded and tourists and traffic are just a mainland memory. If you are looking for a quiet tropical island to relax and unplug, Little Gasparilla is your dream vacation spot. Our "nightlife" consists of giant sea turtles laying their eggs -- our only bar is the sand bar where you can find sand dollars and shells!

COCONUT HIDEAWAY is one of the most charming and unique homes on Little Gasparilla Island. This is our private home -- not a 'rental unit' -- and we have decorated it with antiques, oriental carpets, original artwork and many collections from our travels abroad. Our home is eclectic and rustic and has been enjoyed by our family for nearly three decades.

OLD FLORIDA STYLE RIGHT ON THE BEACH

Our Caribbean-inspired home is built in the 'Old Florida' style and boasts soaring high ceilings, gleaming hardwood floors, warm cedar walls, Tiffany-style lamps, a dramatic open staircase and unobstructed views of the beach from almost every room. We offer two screened porches, front and back, and open decks surround the house for sunning. Unlike many homes which are merely 'gulf view' or which require a long walk across the island on hot sand, our home is directly on the beach!

FREE CONCIERGE SERVICE TRANSPORTS LUGGAGE AND GROCERIES FOR YOU

Our island concierge will meet you at the dock upon your arrival and help transport

your groceries and bags to the house AND carry them up the stairs for you! This service is free to you and he will also help you take everything back to the dock upon departure.

CHARMING DECOR AND MANY UNEXPECTED EXTRAS

Comfortable handmade hammocks offer the perfect spot for reading. Al fresco dining is available on the front porch for balmy tropical evenings, or our indoor dining table seats 7-8. We have a breezy outdoor seating area on the front porch overlooking the Gulf, and a cozy conversation area on the back porch. We even have a tropical tiki hut nestled in the dunes, perfect for watching the sunset with a glass of wine...and a quiet tropical garden under the sea grapes, with orchids, frangipani, bamboo and ginger. The open-air outdoor shower is also a favorite of many of our guests, with steamy hot water on brisk winter evenings! We have a piano, a library, movies and even craft supplies! We also provide floats and rafts, noodles, snorkeling gear, fishing gear and we even have kayaks you can rent! We have spent over 25 years making Coconut Hideaway a very special and unique beach cottage to share with friends and family.

KING BEDS AND TWO LARGE BEDROOMS; (PLUS ONE SMALL BEDROOM)

Each of the two main bedrooms offers both a king-size bed and an additional small daybed perfect for small children. The cozy sleeping porch has a daybed with an additional trundle (two twins OR a king) and has its own private entrance. (Teenagers love the privacy! Please note, however, this is a very small room, especially with the trundle pulled out.) We also offer a sofabed in the living room and we have an inflatable aerobed for additional flexibility. We feature 100% cotton linens and a variety of pillows and plenty of blankets and quilts for the winter months.

COUNTRY KITCHEN WITH FULLY STOCKED PANTRY

The kitchen features granite counter tops, bread maker, blender, Keurig coffee machine along with drip coffeemaker, microwave, toaster oven, coffee grinder and crock pot. Two refrigerators offer plenty of space for extra ice, sodas and snacks. We also offer access to our fully stocked pantry, so you don't have to bring as many groceries….and if you don’t feel like leaving the island, you can almost always put together an impromptu meal from our pantry! From canned goods and spices to rice and drink mixes, we keep our pantry stocked with a variety of food items just in case you don't feel like heading to the mainland.

PET FRIENDLY

Coconut Hideaway is pet-friendly with some basic restrictions….we request that pets be on monthly flea control. We have oriental carpets so housebroken pets are required. And aggressive dogs must be kept on leash at all times. Yards on the island are not fenced so you must keep your pet under control.

PEACEFUL ISLAND AMBIANCE

As part of the barrier island chain that includes Sanibel and Captiva Island, Little Gasparilla Island offers the peace and serenity that those overcrowded islands cannot. As a bridge-less barrier island, accessible only by water taxi, Little Gasparilla Island has fewer tourists, no high rises and no crowds on the beach. You vacation with dolphins and egrets, gopher tortoises and sea turtles. Unlike the congested 'condo/townhome' complexes to the south, the beach in front of Coconut Hideaway is rarely crowded.

The fishing is superb from the beach or the dock, and children and adults alike will also enjoy shelling, snorkeling, riding skim boards or simply floating on a raft. Noisy nightlife is non-existent, though you may encounter ghost crabs or giant sea turtles on the beach. There is daily water taxi service to and from the island, so mainland visits are relatively convenient.

There are several golf courses within 10 minutes of the marina, and an excellent fish market (Miss Cindy's) just across Placida Bay. There are charming gift and souvenir shops in the villages of Placida and Boca Grande.

Please note that most houses on Little Gasparilla island are on stilts. Unfortunately, we are not handicap-accessible. We provide baby gates for stairs inside the home but small children will require supervision on the stairs.

IMPORTANT:

• You must notify us if you wish to bring or rent a boat. New regulations enacted by the state of Florida limit boats to 21 ft. at our dock.

• Please note there is no smoking in the beach house.

We think you will find your vacation on Little Gasparilla Island to be one of the most relaxing and enjoyable holidays ever! And, at Coconut Hideaway, we try to make it as easy as possible to have a stress-free vacation.

'Just bring your groceries, your bathing suit and a tropical attitude™.'

*** FREE WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS ***

*** LARGE SCREEN HDTV with DVR in living room and upstairs bedroom ***

*** BEACH UMBRELLA, BOOGIE BOARDS, FLOATS, RAFTS and BEACH TOYS PROVIDED***

*** ACCESS TO FULLY-STOCKED PANTRY ***

*** PETS OK (pet fee may be assessed) ***

*** TROPICAL GARDEN AND TIKI HUT ***

*** FREE CONCIERGE SERVICE (meets you at the dock and helps transport bags and groceries to the house***

Service 'extras' such as additional maid service or mid-week concierge service during your stay may be available by prior arrangement. Ask us about boat and jet ski rentals, golf cart rentals, guided fishing trips, sea turtle patrols, seaplane tours, etc. The house is to be occupied by no more than 6 persons without prior approval, and any party falsely representing the number of people in the home will be subject to immediate eviction without refund. In the event authorities order a mandatory evacuation from the island because of hurricane, you will receive a prorated refund.

LITTLE GASPARILLA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...PLEASE READ!

• You cannot drive your car to the island and the only access is via water taxi; there is no vehicle ferry.

• You must park your car at the marina at the mainland but it will be perfectly safe there; parking is $6 a day.

• The water taxi is $10 per person each way and he will drop you right at our dock

• All homes come with a grill. We have a charcoal grill and an electric grill.

• All homes come with beach chairs and an umbrella.

• You must bring all groceries to the island with you.

• There are no stores of any kind on the island, not even a convenience store.

• There is no need to bring drinking water; the water from the tap is safe and drinkable.

• There are first responders on the island and we have 911 service in case of an emergency.

• Golf carts are not necessary; the island is only 100-200 yards wide in most places and our concierge will meet you upon arrival to bring you to the house. But they are fun to go exploring.

• You can fish off the dock or the beach but non-Florida residents will need to purchase a fishing license.

• The beach is dog-friendly but dogs must be under your control, non-aggressive and most homes charge a pet fee.

INTERNET: There is no wired internet service on the island. There are a couple options for wifi. Most people just opt to use the mobile hotspots on their smartphones, especially if they have unlimited data or a large data plan. Cell service is excellent and that is the most convenient option...and it seems to work a bit faster. We can provide instructions on hot spotting if you are not familiar. If you do not have a smartphone, we provide a free Verizon jetpack BUT you have to purchase data. You can either bring a Verizon card with you OR we can sell you one when we bring over the jetpack. You can buy as much data as you need, but it IS expensive....so we urge guests NOT to plan on using the jetpack for entertainment...no streaming music or videos, etc. It is more than adequate for checking emails, etc. and most people use about 2G of data per week which is $35. 5G is $60 and 10G is $100. (It is sort of like a cruise where you have to pay for the minutes you are on-line.) You just need to let us know in advance so we can make sure we have a fully charged jetpack available for you. If you bring a Verizon card with you, we can show you how to add the data. Or, we can pre-add data prior to your arrival but you have to let us know how much you think you will need. Just keep in mind that it is NOT the internet you are used to on the mainland, and anything that uses up a lot of data will increase your costs. We usually suggest that people download books and movies to their tablets or e-readers BEFORE arriving.

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Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals

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About Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals

Buddy was a motion picture director in LA -- but originally from Florida -- and Laurie was a marketing executive in Chicago. We moved back to Florida in 1985 when we finished Coconut Hideaway! When we retired, we became antique dealers and traveled the world collecting unique and eclectic mementos for our beach house. The house is filled with antiques and artwork and things we love. Now we enjoy sharing this very special island with our friends, family and guests!

Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals purchased this House in 1980

Why Little Gasparilla Vacation Rentals chose Placida

As a native Floridian, I found Little Gasparilla Island most closely resembled the Florida I grew up in years ago.....no high-rises on the beach, no traffic-clogged roads and few tourists. Many days you can walk on the beach without seeing another soul....we also love the natural environment, the beautiful clean beaches and the lack of unsightly seawalls. We love being able to bring our dogs to the beach with us and watching them enjoy the water as much as we do. Island neighbors are friendly and welcoming and always willing to help out! Little Gasparilla is a mystical island for us and we never tire of spending time here with family and friends.

What makes this House unique

Buddy's parents met in a beach house on Indian Rocks Beach back in the 1920s. Coconut Hideaway represents our attempt to create that classic Old-Florida beach environment. It was designed and built by us based on the things we love to live with....antique cupboards rather than typical kitchen cupboards, antique light fixtures, hardwood floors, high ceilings, lots of ceiling fans and large, open rooms. (It is far from new and modern!) Our home is warm and comfortable and totally unique, fully stocked with virtually everything you need for a fun family vacation...including sunscreen, bug spray, beach umbrella, boogie boards and rafts. Our palm-thatched tiki hut offers a sheltered spot when winter's breezes are a bit chilly and a cool respite from the midday sun. The home is spacious enough for a large family, but cozy and romantic for a couple. Our colorful handmade hammocks from Central America allow you to fully enjoy the tropical breezes and -- best of all -- we have spectacular views of the Gulf from nearly every room in the house. You can listen to the waves every night when your head hits the pillow! Extras include wireless internet access, a piano, a library, a large HDTV with satellite and TIVO, access to our fully stocked pantry, movies and CD's and lots of beach toys. We have central air conditioning for those still summer nights, but we often prefer to turn off the AC, open the doors and let the balmy tropical breezes flow through the house! When we feel those breezes, we know that we are truly in heaven.

Amenities

    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking

      Bedrooms

      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, 1 child bed
      • Bedroom 2
        1 king, 1 child bed
      • Bedroom 3
        Trundle makes a king; bedroom is quite small.
      • Convertible bed(s)
        1 sleep sofa /futon
      • King size beds (2) Two bedrooms -- the master and the loft bedroom -- offer a king size bed., Twin or Single Beds (1) Sleeping porch offers two twins (daybed and a trundle) with a private entrance perfect for teenagers., Child Beds (1) Each bedroom also offers a daybed perfect for ages 2 to 8., Baby Cribs (1) A portable crib (pack and play) is also available for your use., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sofa-bed in the living room is queen-size. We also offer an aero-bed for more flexibility.

      Bathrooms

      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
        • Main floor has one large bathroom with 6 ft tub, shower, bidet, sink, toilet and linen closet. Downstairs has an open-air outdoor shower and another toilet.

        Location Type

          • Beach View
          • Beachfront
            Our home sits directly on the beach. No peek-a-boo 'partial water view' here!
          • Near The Ocean
          • Ocean View
          • Oceanfront
          • Rural
          • Water View
          • Waterfront

            Theme

              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities

                Meals

                  • Guests provide their own meals

                    General

                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                        Central heat and air conditioning
                      • Computer Available
                        We have a Dell laptop available for guests. It is an older model but fine for checking e-mail, etc. We also have a printer you may use.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Central heat and air
                      • Internet
                        Pay per use verizon jetpack available upon request. Cell service is reliable for hotspotting wifi from your cellular provider. Please see the home description for more info on internet and costs.
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Dryer in residence
                      • Linens Provided
                        100% cotton sheets, variety of foam and down pillows
                      • Parking Off Street
                        Parking is available at the marina on the mainland where you catch the water taxi. Rate is $6 per day.
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                        Free use of dock slip for your boat
                      • Towels Provided
                        All linens are provided, including beach towels.
                      • Washing Machine
                        Large Capacity Washer in residence
                      • Wireless Internet
                        No streaming videos or music.

                        Kitchen

                          • Coffee Maker
                            We have a Keurig and we also provide a drip coffeemaker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Utensils include large shrimp pot, crock pot, blender, bread maker, electric frypan, coffee grinder, toaster oven -- even a coconut shredder!
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            Kitchen features granite countertops and a fully stocked pantry for your convenience.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            The home is well stocked with spices, oil and vinegar, condiments, drink mixes, rice, sugar, flour, cocoa, popcorn, an assortment of canned goods and much more.
                          • Refrigerator
                            We offer an extra full-size refrigerator for spare ice, sodas and snacks.
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster
                            We have a toaster oven rather than a traditional toaster

                            Dining

                              • Dining
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 7 people

                                Entertainment

                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                  • Music Library
                                    A selection of CD's is available. We also offer a piano and a selection of sheet music.
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Satellite TV is available in the living room and upstairs bedroom. We have DVR so you can tape and watch your favorite shows at your convenience.
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                  • Toys
                                  • VCR
                                  • Video Library
                                    Numerous VHS tapes and DVDs are available for your enjoyment

                                    Outside

                                      • Balcony
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Gazebo
                                        A tiki-hut downstairs offers a shady spot for a tropical drink.
                                      • Golf
                                        there are several golf courses on the mainland
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        We offer both a tandem kayak and two single kayaks for rent for a nominal fee; we require that you sign a liability waiver.
                                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        We have a tropical garden behind the house with ginger, orchids, frangipani, bamboo and other tropical plantings.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        We have two charcoal grills.
                                      • Water Sports Gear
                                        snorkels and masks, floats, rafts, boogie boards, a couple skim boards and noodles

                                        Suitability

                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible
                                            Most homes on the island are on pilings for flood protection.

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Communal Pool
                                                We have the best 'pool' you could imagine....the warm Gulf of Mexico!

                                                Onsite Services

                                                  • Concierge
                                                  • Private Chef

                                                    Attractions

                                                      • restaurants

                                                        Leisure Activities

                                                          • beachcombing
                                                          • bird watching
                                                          • boating
                                                          • shelling
                                                          • shopping
                                                          • sight seeing
                                                          • wildlife viewing

                                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                                              • ATM/bank
                                                              • groceries
                                                              • hospital
                                                              • massage therapist
                                                              • medical services

                                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                  • snorkeling
                                                                  • deepsea fishing
                                                                  • golf
                                                                  • jet skiing
                                                                  • kayaking
                                                                  • pier fishing
                                                                  • sailing
                                                                  • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                                  • fishing
                                                                  • snorkeling/diving
                                                                  • sound/bay fishing
                                                                  • surf fishing
                                                                  • surfing
                                                                  • swimming
                                                                  • water skiing
                                                                  • water tubing
                                                                  • wind-surfing

                                                                    Notes

                                                                      • Home offers a piano, a downstairs outdoor open-air shower, two spacious porches front and back, and handmade cotton hammocks for relaxing. There are also movies, a small in-home library, lots of games and puzzles, coloring books and a glue gun for craft projects.

                                                                        House Rules

                                                                        Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                        Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                        Cancellation Policy

                                                                        100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                        64 Reviews

                                                                        Exceptional5/5

                                                                        Latest reviews

                                                                        Absolutely FABULOUS!

                                                                        Carolyn A.

                                                                        We couldn’t be happier with our stay on little Gasparilla and in Coconut Hideaway. The home had everything we needed and more. The screened in porch is our favorite part of the house. Watching the sunset and seeing the kids on the beach from your very own deck is such a luxury. The kitchen is well-equipped and the pantry has the staples that you’ll need for cooking. You don’t need to bring any ketchup, mustard, salt, pepper, spices, etc...There are plenty of pots and pans for cooking in the kitchen. Everything one would expect including wine glasses and coffee mugs. There are plenty of beach towels, bath towels, chairs, umbrellas, beach toys. Pack light I can’t emphasize this enough - we always overpack. We change from swimsuits and coverups into pajamas and back again. A quick load of laundry and you’re ready to repeat. It was a fabulous getaway from the real world. We also rent a boat when we go to the island and then park it at their private dock. This allows us to travel through the intercoastal highway and head out to lunch ( in our swimsuits and coverups) where we dock the boat and enjoy tying up at local restaurants right on the water. So fun! Watching the dolphins jump in the wake is a special memory.You will enjoy all the treasures inside the home from the Gaine’s has travels around the world. One of my favorite pieces is a solid wood coffee table on the screened in porch that seems to me was an old steam boat hatch! Our hosts Laurie and Buddy were wonderful and we will definitely be back! Love! Love! Love!!!!

                                                                        A truly unique home! If you are seeking an escape from the masses, LGI is the place to be.

                                                                        Scott L.Malvern, Ohio

                                                                        Beautiful home. Have never been to a property quite like Coconut Hideaway previously. Can not wait to get back.

                                                                        Excellent

                                                                        Lisa M.Ponte Vedra Beach

                                                                        This was an amazing stay! We loved this home, every decoration has a story behind it. Very well appointed. The front porch was straight out of heaven. There are not enough good things I can say. We will be back!!

                                                                        Old Florida on the beach

                                                                        sue n.

                                                                        What's not to love? It's on the ocean, an old Florida beach home, roomy, big 'ol screened porch for happy hours and sunsets and tons of shells to collect.

                                                                        Coconut Hideaway-The Perfect Getaway!

                                                                        Jack N.

                                                                        My wife, myself and our Golden Retriever were at Coconut Hideaway from August 14-21. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time and will be making plans to come back next year. Having been in real estate and property management in South Florida for over 40 years, we were very impressed by the level of detail provided for everything you could possibly need-groceries, boat rentals, local sites, things to do, etc. Coconut Hideaway is different from most rentals in that it has a warm home-like feel rather than the sterile vanilla decor that is typical. It actually feels like you're home on your own private beach. This time of year there were few people on the beach and those we met were very friendly and welcoming. The patio was excellent for reading, relaxing and watching the magnificent sunsets. Many times we saw dolphins swimming by and pelicans diving for their meals. A perfect getaway that we would highly recommend.

                                                                        Relaxing vacation spot, feels homey like staying with a friend.

                                                                        Karen Lynn M.

                                                                        Better than pictured, with beautiful antiques and decor. Fully functioning kitchen with every tool one needs for great home cooked meals. Clean and well maintained, with modern conveniences, within yards from beach access, feels like you are on your private island as there were few people at certain times within viewing distance. Relaxing with a book out on the covered porch with the sound of the surf and breeze from the ceiling fans made for peaceful afternoons. Early morning walks on the beach and collecting shells was a great way to start every day. The house is in the one of the best locations on the island, with the great views at any time of the day. This was our second trip to LGI and this property, we will definitely be coming back again.

                                                                        Location

                                                                        Placida, FL, USA

                                                                        Little Gasparilla Island is located just off the coast of SW Florida...just north of Sanibel and Captiva. There are several golf courses on the mainland, kayak and jet ski rentals nearby and charming Boca Grande and Old Englewood nearby with shops and galleries and fine dining. Please note the island has NO BRIDGE...you can only get there by boat or water taxi....you cannot drive your car to the island! It's an adventure to get here!

                                                                        Availability

                                                                        Additional information about rental rates

                                                                        Tax Rate
                                                                        12%

                                                                        Holiday surcharges are applied for Christmas, New Years, Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day reservations. Guests responsible for golf cart rental, mainland parking at the marina and water taxi charges. Pet fee of $100 per pet may be assessed depending on size/breed. Please note that the cleaning rate will be increased for rentals of 14 nights or more.

                                                                        $314avg/night
                                                                        64 Reviews
                                                                        Exceptional 5/5
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